I am just setting up these dia-compe 287V levers with some older Shimano V brakes. These take the full size pad. I have used the little noodle that they supply that comes out of the back of the hood. The rear still seems to have a lot of drag. I had to fit the caliper into the first hole on the brake boss to get more spring tension or the calipers would not open completely. These little noodles seem to add some drag but I tried it without them and it actually seemed worse. Any thoughts?